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National Diabetes Month & Senior Health

National Diabetes Month was established to educate and assist people to make changes to their lifestyle to prevent Type 2 Diabetes and understand Type 1 Diabetes. For Seniors as well as younger adults, there are several steps you can put into place to prevent Type 2 Diabetes and increase your overall health.

Because Type 2 Diabetes is linked to your diet, there are several dietary changes that can be made to reduce your risk; starting with Reducing sugar, carbohydrates and increasing fiber in your diet. These changes will decrease your blood sugar levels and insulin production as well as improve your digestion. As you are reducing your sugar intake, also take a look at reducing your portion size as well to assist with weight loss.

An amazing way to reduce sugar and carbs intake is to substitute water for soda and juice. It’s tough to drink more water when you are addicted to sodas and juice. This change will have an immediate impact on your overall health, as you will be hydrating your body while eliminating dangerous sugars at the same time. Studies have shown that people drinking more than two sugar beverages a day are 20% more likely to develop Type 2 Diabetes.

What is also very important about preventing Type 2 Diabetes, is regular check-ups with your doctor. Because this is a preventable disease, early diagnosis of pre-diabetes can stop this from progressing.  

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